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A brief look at North Korea's 28 websites

Two days ago, while automatically maintaining and updating TLDR - A Continuously Updated Historical TLD Records Archive, a "new" country unexpectedly provided public access, when North Korea misconfigured its nameserver. In other words, its limited intranet was opened to the internet, and North Korea's DNS "leak" was archived, recording 9 top-level domains with 28 websites, significantly lower than the previously estimated 1,000 to 5,500 websites in 2014. The internet, as accessed by those North Koreans who have or can use computers, is very small. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 22, 2016 - 36 comments

#DreamJournal

Artist Jon Rafman (previously), who works primarily with digital art and the Internet as his medium, has been keeping a dream journal. He's been illustrating those dreams with low-fidelity 3D animations, and posting them to Facebook. Despite the amateurish quality, they capture the disconcerting, shifting, surreal nature of dreaming very well. 13 June 2016, 12 May 2016, 6 April 2016. Content Warning: violence, some risque themes, unsettling imagery.
posted by codacorolla on Sep 14, 2016 - 30 comments

This Post is Nice

This Post Is Nice Are you tired of having to write a response to whatever you have to respond to? Just let Glove and Boots do it for you. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Sep 14, 2016 - 5 comments

Dear Mark.

I am writing this to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove this picture.
posted by effbot on Sep 8, 2016 - 94 comments

Facebook is Removing Posts by Singaporean Activists

When can Facebook take down your post?
Five days ago (July 4), Ms Teo Soh Lung – an activist and former ISA detainee – had her post “Police Terror” removed “for violating community standards”, according to freelance journalist Kirsten Han. Shortly after (July 7), Ms Han herself received a notice that her post – in support of Ms Teo and a reproduction of “Police Terror” – had been taken down for the same reason. This sparked a ban on her posting for 24 hours. In late June (June 23), blogger Andrew Loh had his post about violations of Cooling-Off Day rules taken down by Facebook – but in his case, Facebook restored the post and issued him an apology just three days later (June 26). [more inside]
posted by destrius on Jul 9, 2016 - 63 comments

They know everything...

You can see everything associated with your Google account that the company is tracking. Going to My Activities will let you see and delete everything from the YouTube videos you watch to the voice commands you have used in Android. Similar company-provided tools exist for Facebook and Amazon. If you want to go one step further, Just Delete Me helps you remove your accounts from many popular services.
posted by blahblahblah on Jun 30, 2016 - 50 comments

This.

“Study: 70% of Facebook users only read the headline of science stories before commenting.”
If you won't click AND READ that link, how about this one? (WaPo) Yes, it was satire, but there is a real study, which is just as depressing (via Neatorama.com's 'Miss Cellania', the most reliable source on the Internet. Really.)
posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 20, 2016 - 34 comments

all is love

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary is the best place, both in real life and on the internet. A senior dog rescue with an amazing Facebook page, OFSDS fosters dogs out, but provides a forever home to a large troop of beautiful pups. Fan favorites include fluffbucket Leo, one-eyed Captain Ron, and presidential Mildred . [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jun 17, 2016 - 21 comments

Facebook's forays into intent extraction

On Wednesday, Facebook introduced DeepText, a neural network AI engine that can understand text with near human accuracy, including slang and word-sense disambiguation. DeepText's first application will be on "intent extraction" on Facebook's Messenger app. Of course, there are already privacy concerns.
posted by Existential Dread on Jun 2, 2016 - 54 comments

WHY'D THEY MAKE THEM INTO SQUARES

As far as I can tell, Da mother fuckin share z0ne is basically what you get when you add a lot of skulls and pretty rad, metal-ass fonts to Laughapalooza.
posted by cortex on May 22, 2016 - 28 comments

Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Free Basics: Facebook's Biggest Setback From Zuckerberg’s vantage point, high above the connected world he had helped create, India was a largely blank map. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on May 12, 2016 - 48 comments

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy

Facebook workers say 'trending news' section is manipulated The revelations undermine any presumption of Facebook as a neutral pipeline for news, or the trending news module as an algorithmically-driven list of what people are actually talking about.
posted by modernnomad on May 9, 2016 - 113 comments

Chatbots: Next Big Thing or Cash Grab?

At the Facebook F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced that businesses would build chatbots on the Messenger platform, bringing the already strong hype around chatbots to a fever pitch. Chatbots, some argue, are the solution for all our problems. But are chatbots really the solution for everything? Or is it just an attempt to have a "next big thing" in order to generate more cash? [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Apr 27, 2016 - 45 comments

“There was big hype over the video, the stream had a good 2.8K views,”

When Rape Is Broadcast Live On The Internet by Rossalyn Warren [Buzzfeed News] Sexual assault, domestic abuse, and attempted murder are among the crimes recently captured on live video services. BuzzFeed News uncovered one apparent incident of a rape aired in real time and asked what it means for the companies that host this content. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Apr 21, 2016 - 91 comments

Ninjas Mapping the Rabbit Hole

THE SECRET RULES OF THE INTERNET: The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech [Potentially NSFW - language & content]
posted by chavenet on Apr 14, 2016 - 16 comments

Unfriending the University of Northern New Jersey

The US Department of Homeland Security created a fake for-profit institution, the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), as part of a sting operation targeting student-visa fraud. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the demise of UNNJ's Facebook page, which featured photos of a mysterious cup of coffee and condolences for the fictional death of the fictional president's mother.
posted by yarntheory on Apr 6, 2016 - 46 comments

The Future is Now

Virtual Reality, a tech geek dream for decades, was long hobbled by high latency, clunky hardware, and perennially absurd reports on network news. That all changed in 2011, when Palmer Luckey, then 18, built the first Oculus Rift prototype in his parents' garage with iPhone repair money. Awed by its powerful sense of presence, developer John Carmack became a fan and demoed it at E3. The ensuing Kickstarter campaign shattered all fundraising goals, and Facebook controversially bought the rights for a whopping $2 billion -- alienating erstwhile partner Valve Software, the iconic creators of Half-Life/Portal/Steam. A Cambrian explosion of headsets followed: Morpheus, HoloLens, Google Cardboard, Gear VR. But perhaps most interesting is Valve's own counter-project: a breathtaking "room scale" VR set-up with Tron-like "Chaperone" and tracked motion controls called the HTC Vive. With this week's commercial launch of Rift and Vive bringing us to the threshold of a new interactive medium, look inside for guides, notes, and killer apps for this, the stunning arrival of consumer VR. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Apr 5, 2016 - 127 comments

An Open (and Open Source) Campaign Takes on Facebook

How a diverse, self-organized group of volunteers took on Facebook (and won). [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal on Apr 3, 2016 - 20 comments

Basics

Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive.
Vice
posted by infini on Mar 24, 2016 - 56 comments

Partner Intelligence Group

I’m typing this on February 27, 2016. Today was my last day at Facebook. I turned in my badge and my laptop and I walked onto Willow Road with a flash drive containing the images you’ll see below. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Mar 23, 2016 - 75 comments

“When Diesel says he loves you, he seems like he means it.”

A Powerful Collective Rooting for You: On Vin Diesel’s Facebook by Muna Mire [The New York Times] Vin Diesel’s hugely popular Facebook page is a community for inspiration and fellowship. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Mar 12, 2016 - 39 comments

Bangor Maine Police Department Facebook Page

"Disorderly conduct is a mistress that tends to show up with her own six pack"
posted by Confess, Fletch on Mar 5, 2016 - 22 comments

This is why we can't have nice things

"After Taryn Wright exposed an elaborate fake tragedy on Facebook, she found herself leading a squad of online detectives – but on the internet, it doesn’t take long for a crowd to become a mob." (Guardian)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Feb 18, 2016 - 106 comments

“The first website we made was www.MakeMyNudesFight.com.”

Finally, courtesy of The Clickhole: An Oral History of Facebook. It features exclusive interviews with Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Sean Parker, identical river giants Cameron And Tyler Winklevoss, and many others.
posted by Going To Maine on Jan 22, 2016 - 15 comments

Sports person did a sports thing!

“the eleven most boring conversations i can’t stop overhearing” (in which a liberal white male american san francisco bay area resident possessive of the auditory acuity of a baby chihuahua learns to scream).
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 19, 2016 - 148 comments

(It used to be) a game of links.

One year into his newly found freedom after 6 years incarceration in Tehran´s Evin prison; Mefi´s own Hossein Derakhshan gives his views on the internet and social media.
posted by adamvasco on Dec 30, 2015 - 19 comments

What does Facebook think you're into?

Buzzfeed's Katie Notopoulos brings our attention to Facebook's list of things it thinks you'll enjoy seeing ads about. It would seem that most people find some of Facebook's deductions eerily accurate and some of them hilariously inaccurate.
posted by zeusianfog on Dec 14, 2015 - 163 comments

MY CRUSHES (Secret Group)

What happens when you put all the people you have a crush on in the same secret Facebook group? Nobody gets mad, only one person leaves, you get a glimpse of what it's like to live Tina Belcher's best life, and you wind up owing them all Taco Bell. [more inside]
posted by babelfish on Dec 11, 2015 - 36 comments

Turkish Court to Rule on Whether Stoor Hobbits Are All Bad

In Turkey, insulting the President is punishable by up to two years in prison, so when Dr. Bilgin Çiftçi posted side-by-side photos of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and screenshots from the Lord of the Rings movies, he went on trial. Çiftçi's attorney asked the judge whether he was familiar with this "Gollum" fellow, and the judge admitted he had not seen all of the movies and empaneled five experts to report on the character. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Dec 3, 2015 - 34 comments

Mark Zuckerberg follows in Gates footsteps

Mark Zuckerberg announced that he is giving 99% of his Facebook stock to charity. [more inside]
posted by el io on Dec 1, 2015 - 209 comments

Antitrust Antitrust Antitrust Bring Back Antitrust

After 18 years in operation, after a federal law mandating that hospitals work to prevent needle-stick, and after two successful lawsuits resulting in BD paying more than $400 million for violating anti-monopoly statutes, Retractable Technologies made only $34 million in global sales last year. BD, with an inferior, more expensive product, sold $8.4 billion, the payouts to its competitor serving only as the cost of doing business. In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control estimated 380,000 needle-sticks at hospitals every year. Today, they estimate 385,000. “You turn on the TV and watch politicians talk about unleashing the power of the free market, that’s absurd,” Shaw says. “The American public is being denied a free market, being denied competition.”
We need a new antitrust for a new predatory era.
posted by ennui.bz on Nov 29, 2015 - 28 comments

Mark Zuckerberg Plans 2-Month Paternity Leave From Facebook

"Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said he planned to take two months of paternity leave after his daughter is born this year, amid a debate about work-life balance at technology companies." (NYT)
posted by New Year on Nov 20, 2015 - 83 comments

Nerd nostalgia

Developments like wikis and Facebook walls and comments sections were supposed to open the Internet to everyone, “using the Web the way it’s meant to be used.” Ten years in, and it sometimes seems those technologies only opened us up: to quantification, to monetization, to tracking, to abuse. Given these rather disappointing developments, it’s little surprise that some look back at Web 1.0 with longing.

The counterintuitive, GIF-tastic plan to redeem the modern Internet (SLWaPo)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 15, 2015 - 46 comments

Putting the Emo in Emoji

Arika Okrent (previously and previously and previously) is known here as MentalFloss.com's language maven, usually looking at linguistic history, like English language words that only survive as parts of idioms and a group trying to revive the Lakota language. But her latest short piece clearly deals with the Future of Language: Emojis. And how the depiction of emojis for certain emotions vary between different devices/systems, sppecifically Apple/iOS, Google/Android and Samsung's proprietary sub-system for the Galaxy S5. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 10, 2015 - 24 comments

"I felt like, 'Whoa!'"

Called "2g Tuesday, Facebook will give employees super slow internet speeds once a week so they can better understand markets like India
posted by artsandsci on Oct 28, 2015 - 61 comments

Your creep is not even a legit creep

Indian comedy group All India Bakchod teams up with dating site TrulyMadly to present the Creep Qawwali (a form of Sufi devotional music), lamenting online and offline creepy guys. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 20, 2015 - 21 comments

Archive.org, WHOIS Lookups, & Facebook >> WaPo, USA Today, & GQ

We’ve all followed the sad news about Lamar Odom… [It’s] prompted lots of journalists to ask a natural question: Who made Reload?… I’ve yet to see one proffer anything more than a skin-deep answer… Here are the simple steps I took to begin answering the question… My goal is to help you become a better consumer of the press, so that when you read paper-thin accounts like the above, you stop and say: “Hey! That’s not real journalism.” Only with that kind of pressure will the media improve.
With a few quick searches, Blake Ross took the press to task and solved a mystery.
posted by Going To Maine on Oct 19, 2015 - 41 comments

Coming out on Facebook

"Examining aggregated, de-identified information about people in the U.S. on Facebook, we look at the total number of people who came out on each day. We define “coming out” as (1) updating one’s profile to express a same-gender attraction or (2) specifying a custom gender ."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 16, 2015 - 35 comments

Facebook's 2014 UK Tax Bill

Social network giant Facebook paid just £4,327 ($6,643) in corporation tax in 2014, its latest UK results show. Its most recent Companies House filing shows the company as making a pre-tax loss of £28.5m last year, but the firm also paid its 362 UK staff a total of £35.4m in share bonuses.
posted by marienbad on Oct 12, 2015 - 24 comments

#FreeAllBodies

Do I have boobs now? "Dear Facebook and Instagram, I'm a trans woman starting hormones. Are you going to censor me?" [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Oct 3, 2015 - 20 comments

Facebook is just going to do whatever the f— it wants to me. And to you.

Violet Blue, a technology journalist and sex blogger, describes how she has been locked out of her Facebook account and cannot access it without providing a government ID.
Last weekend, as I sat locked out of my Facebook account ‘for security reasons’ (and you tagged me in something, not knowing I can’t respond), my friend’s boss Mark Zuckerberg spoke at the United Nations. He talked about plans to expand Facebook use into refugee camps, and made no pretensions about how this would be used to benefit his company. I personally know what this will do. [...] De-anonymizing refugees usually precedes murder on a grand scale.
[more inside] posted by Rangi on Oct 3, 2015 - 118 comments

Common Peeple

Everyone you know will be able to rate you on the terrifying ‘Yelp for people’ — whether you want them to or not
posted by Artw on Sep 30, 2015 - 623 comments

I'm not crazy. You're the one who's crazy.

What the American people are angry about is they understand that they did not cause this recession. Teachers did not cause this recession. Firefighters and police officers who are being attacked daily by governors all over this country did not cause this recession. Construction workers did not cause this recession. This recession was caused by a few so-called punk and hardcore bands who charged obscene door cover and priced their merch like it was goddamned Prada—Bernie Sanders (I–VT).
Bernie is hardcore. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Sep 29, 2015 - 39 comments

Writer's 'fertility shaming' Facebook post goes viral

On September 20th, Ann Arbor-based freelance writer Emily Bingham, 33, wrote a post on Facebook that went on to be shared more than 40,000 times. Why? Because it touched on something that many, many women related to - namely, how often they're asked about their personal reproductive plans. [more inside]
posted by Xavier Xavier on Sep 28, 2015 - 192 comments

It Gets Better, Doritos, and the troll who countered homophobic comments

Recently, It Gets Better teamed up with Doritos to support the LGBT community with rainbow colored chips, which could be purchased from It Gets Better's website, until they ran out. There was the usual outcry and backlash, but this time it looked like Doritos took time to respond to individual criticisms on Facebook. Except it was the return of the beneficial troll, Mike Melgaard, who previously posed as a Target representative in support of its move towards more gender-neutral of children's products in its stores. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 20, 2015 - 51 comments

"We Own You"

Confessions of an Anonymous Free to Play Producer
posted by Artw on Sep 17, 2015 - 48 comments

Gonna try with a little help from my friends

Facebook Wants to Redline Your Friends List. Facebook recently filed a patent for its technology tracking how users connect within a network. Three of the uses described focus on how this information could be used to filter spam, tailor search results, or determine access to a third-party website. The fourth use explains how the credit ratings of those in a user's social network could be used to determine loan eligibility. This is raising concerns about data discrimination.
posted by earth by april on Sep 3, 2015 - 41 comments

Nobody knows what the hell they're doing.

CBC Radio's WireTap is saying farewell. In this special video message, people of all ages offer words of wisdom to their younger counterparts.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 21, 2015 - 12 comments

Let's All Just Keep Laughing, Jeremy!

"Brands can't be as honest as they might like in dealing with haters on Facebook. But sometimes others can do it for them. That dynamic played out in particularly rogue fashion on Target's Facebook page this week. As the retailer received a steady stream of nasty comments from people upset about its move toward gender-neutral labeling of children's products in its stores, Mike Melgaard came to Target's defense—in a most provocative way."
posted by mannequito on Aug 13, 2015 - 129 comments

The perils of the 'de Blasio feature'

"Leading technology companies are increasingly soliciting their users to take political action on their behalf to defend controversial business models from regulation, support new programs, and promote their moral values in active political battles." Matt Stempeck explores the implications [alt link] of Uber and Facebook (among others) turning their users into lobbyists for the companies.
posted by librarylis on Aug 11, 2015 - 25 comments

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